Christopher Columbus Statue Removed as Crowd Cheers in New Haven

City workers removed a statue of navigator Christopher Columbus from a park in New Haven, Connecticut, on June 24, as anti-racism protesters called for more Columbus statues to be taken down across the United States.

Hours before it was pulled down with a crane, a standoff occurred between those who were opposed to its removal and those calling for it to be taken down.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker said the statue would be relocated to the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven.

The city’s Parks Commission had voted to have the statue removed the week prior.

Statues of Christopher Columbus have been removed across the country in recent days, including by officials in St Louis and by protesters in Minnesota and Virginia. Credit: Mackenzie Maynard via Storyful